Agenda

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MEF19 Agenda At A Glance

MEF19
Monday, 18 Nov
MEF19
Tuesday, 19 Nov
MEF19
Wednesday, 20 Nov
Q4/19 MEF Meeting
Thursday, 21 Nov
Q4/19 MEF Meeting
Friday, 22 Nov
8:00 - 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10 MEF 3.0 Workshops Introduction - MEF 3.0 & the Digital Transformation Journey
9:10 - 11:25 MEF 3.0 Workshop I – Developing & Implementing MEF 3.0 Services
11:35 - 1:00 MEF 3.0 Workshop II – LSO APIs: Enabling Service Automation Across Multiple Providers & Technology Domains
1:00 - 2:00 Networking Lunch
2:00 - 2:30 Workshop II - LSO (Continued)
2:30 - 3:05 Workshop III – Overview of MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demonstrations
3:10 - 4:15 Workshop IV - Certifying MEF 3.0 Services, Technologies & Professionals
4:15 - 7:30 Networking Hall Open – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations & Exhibits Press Conference (Invitation Only for Press & Analysts; 4:15 - 5:15)
5:30 - 7:30 Networking Reception – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits
7:15 - 8:20 Registration & Breakfast
8:20 - 1:00

Plenary Executive Keynotes, Perspectives, Panels  

 

1:00 - 3:10 Networking Lunch – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits
3:10 - 5:30

Track 1 - SD-WAN: Empowering Enterprise Digital Transformation

Track 2 - Title Coming Soon

5:30 - 7:00 Networking Drinks Reception – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits
7:30 – 10:00 MEF Awards Dinner
7:15 - 8:20 Registration & Breakfast
8:00 - 1:00

Plenary Executive Keynotes, Perspectives,
Panels   

 

1:00 - 3:10 Networking Lunch – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits
3:10 – 5:30

Track 1 - Title Coming Soon

Track 2 - Title Coming Soon

5:30 – 7:00 Networking Drinks Reception –
MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits
PoC Award Winners Announced (6:20)
7:30 – 9:30 MEF19 Analyst Partner Appreciation Dinner (Invitation-Only for Analysts)
8:00

5:00
4Q/19 MEF Members Meeting
5:00 Open
8:00

5:00
4Q/19 MEF Members Meeting
5:00 Open

MEF 3.0 Workshops & Opening Reception Monday, 18 Nov

8:00am – 9:00am

Registration

9:00am – 9:05am

MEF 3.0 Workshops Introduction - MEF 3.0 & the Digital Transformation Journey

With the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework, MEF is focused on defining, delivering, and certifying assured services orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated networks. The MEF Community has made significant strides across all key elements of the framework, including: standardized services; LSO APIs; services, technology, and professional certification; and community collaboration. Dozens of service providers, technology vendors, enterprises, and industry organizations have been involved in initiatives to accelerate adoption of MEF 3.0 services that empower users with the dynamic performance, assurance, and security required to thrive in the digital economy.

MEF currently is focused on enabling service providers to (1) transform their businesses, services, and networks through automation, skills development, etc., (2) federate on a global basis, and (3) certify their service offerings to the highest global standard. Today’s workshops will explore recently completed MEF work, project roadmaps, and planned initiatives designed to empower service providers on their digital transformation journey.

Stan Hubbard, MEF19 Program Director

9:05am – 11:25am

MEF 3.0 Workshop I – Developing & Implementing MEF 3.0 Services

MEF 3.0 services redefine innovation by providing an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. They are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. The planned MEF 3.0 service family includes dynamic Carrier Ethernet, SD-WAN, Optical Transport, IP, Security-as-a-Service, and other virtualized services that will be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. MEF is advancing standardization work across each major type of MEF 3.0 service.

Workshop Chair: Stan Hubbard, MEF19 Program Director

9:05am – 9:15am

MEF 3.0 Services Overview

This session provides a quick overview of the MEF 3.0 services family, explains how service-relate standards are created, and provides a snapshot of the MEF 3.0 services roadmap. Attend the following sessions for details on specific services projects.

David Ball, LSO Committee Co-Chair (former Services Committee Co-Chair), MEF; Principal Engineer, Cisco

9:15am – 9:30am

MEF 3.0 Carrier Ethernet Services

MEF 3.0 CE is the third generation of MEF-defined Carrier Ethernet services providing the highest level of performance, assurance, and agility available in the nearly $60 billion global CE services market. The comprehensive MEF 3.0 CE service portfolio includes a set of subscriber services (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree) and a set of operator services (Access E-Line, Access E-LAN, Transit E-Line, and Transit E-LAN) that can be orchestrated over programmable networks using LSO APIs. Attend this session to get up to speed on the latest MEF 3.0 CE standards and what is next on the roadmap. 

David Ball, LSO Committee Co-Chair (former Services Committee Co-Chair), MEF; Principal Engineer, Cisco

9:30am – 9:45am

MEF 3.0 IP Services

In May 2019, MEF published its IP Service Attributes (MEF 61.1) standard that is a foundational step for defining standardized MEF 3.0 IP services that can be orchestrated across multiple service providers. MEF 61.1 specifies the service attributes that need to be agreed upon between a service provider and a subscriber for IP services (including IP VPNs, cloud access, and Internet access) as well as the attributes that need to be agreed upon between a service provider and an operator when part of an end-to-end IP service is implemented by a partner operator. MEF has built upon this work to create its new draft IP Subscriber Service Definitions (MEF 69) standard, which defines Basic Internet Access and Advanced Internet Access.  MEF 69 is in the final stage of MEF membership and Board approval. Attend this session to gain insight into these groundbreaking new standards and other active MEF 3.0 IP services projects.

David Ball, LSO Committee Co-Chair (former Services Committee Co-Chair), MEF; Principal Engineer, Cisco

9:45am – 10:00am

MEF 3.0 Optical Transport Services

In 2018, MEF published its first Optical Transport services standard (MEF 63) for subscriber services that support Ethernet and Fibre Channel client protocols as well as SONET/SDH client protocols for legacy WAN services. MEF is working towards the release of a companion Optical Transport services standard for operator services in Q4 2019 that will enable simplified, faster interconnection between operators and service providers. The primary reason to define these services is to bring them into the LSO environment, which enables service providers to leverage automated ordering and configuration processes and thereby improve service delivery times, speed time-to-revenue, and lower OPEX. Attend this session to learn more about the MEF 3.0 Optical Transport service standards and what is next on the roadmap. 

David Martin, Senior Systems Engineer, IP/Optical Networking Business Group, Nokia

10:00am – 10:30am

MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Services

In July 2019, MEF published the industry’s first global standard defining an SD-WAN service and its service attributes to help accelerate SD-WAN market growth and facilitate creation of powerful new hybrid networking solutions that are optimized for digital transformation. MEF’s SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) standard describes requirements for an application-aware, over-the-top WAN connectivity service that uses policies to determine how application flows are directed over multiple underlay networks irrespective of the underlay technologies or service providers who deliver them.

MEF 70, among other things, defines:

  • Service attributes that describe the externally visible behavior of an SD-WAN service as experienced by the subscriber.
  • Rules associated with how traffic is handled.
  • Key technical concepts and definitions like an SD-WAN UNI, the SD-WAN Edge, SD-WAN Tunnel Virtual Connections, SD-WAN Virtual Connection End Points, and Underlay Connectivity Services.

Attend this session to gain insight into work already underway on the next phase of MEF 3.0 SD-WAN standardization – MEF w70.1. This work includes defining:

  • Additional service attributes for application flow performance and business importance.
  • Underlay connectivity service parameters required to deploy an SD-WAN service.

Ralph Santitoro, Head of Digital Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Mark Gibson, Applications Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Director of Product Management, Amdocs | Alastair Johnson, Product Manager, Cisco

10:30am – 10:50am

Application Security for SD-WAN Services

SD-WAN benefits end customers by enhancing their applications network traffic. The appetite to combine application protection with network efficiency is high. Hence, MEF is focused on defining the first standard description of a security service. Security done wrong actually could negate SD-WAN benefits in speed and availability.

MEF’s Application Security for SD-WAN project is focused on defining policy criteria and actions to protect applications (application flows) over a MEF 3.0 SD-WAN service. Work includes defining threats, security functions, and security policy terminology and attributes, and then describing what actions a security policy should take in response to certain threats. Attend this session to learn more about Application Security for SD-WAN services and how you can benefit from and/or contribute to this work.

Nicolas Thomas, SDN/APIs Strategist, Fortinet

10:50am – 11:25am

Orchestrating 5G Services

Rami Yaron, Marketing & Education Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Strategic Advisor, Infovista | Sibylle Schaller, Project Manager, NEC Labs

11:25am – 11:35am

Break

11:35am – 1:00pm; 2:00pm - 2:30pm

MEF 3.0 Workshop II – LSO APIs: Enabling Service Automation Across Multiple Providers & Technology Domains

MEF’s LSO Reference Architecture guides agile development of standardized LSO APIs that enable end-to-end automation of MEF 3.0 services across multiple providers and over multiple network technology domains (e.g., Optical Transport, CE, IP, 5G, etc.). With LSO, service providers are able to evolve from a silo-structured BSS/OSS approach towards flexible orchestration that helps maximize return on SDN and NFV investments. In addition, the combination of standardized MEF 3.0 services and LSO APIs enables service providers to transition from operating as independent islands to being integral players in a worldwide federation of cloud-like networks supporting dynamic services across multiple providers. MEF is progressing initiatives for multiple LSO interface reference points that facilitate not only service provider transformation and federation, but will also extend service orchestration to 5G mobile networks, cloud players, and enterprise customers for a seamless on-demand, application-aware networking experience. 

Workshop Chair: Stan Hubbard, MEF18 Program Director

11:35am - 12:05pm

End-to-End Service Automation – LSO Framework & API Standardization at Multiple Interface Reference Points

Karthik Sethuraman, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Principal Software/SDN Architect, NEC | David Ball, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Principal Engineer, Cisco

12:05pm - 12:30pm

Automation of LSO APIs Using Intent-Based Networking

MEF’s initial Intent-Based Networking (IBN) work aims to enable an SD-WAN service subscriber to set intent-related performance and security objectives and have those be translated into granular technical policies at the network level. Toward this goal, MEF is building Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) – using restricted natural languages – that will simplify LSO APIs that sit between end-users and service providers. In this session, we will explore motivations for using IBN, explain how intent can be applied within the LSO Framework, walk through an example of IBN for SD-WAN application performance, and share a perspective on how the industry can evolve toward model-driven, policy-based, AI-assisted orchestration.

Dr. John Strassner, CTO & VP Network Strategy, Futurewei

12:30pm - 1:00pm

Intra-Provider Automation with LSO APIs – LSO Presto & LSO Legato Roadmaps & Use Cases

Karthik Sethuraman, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Principal Software/SDN Architect, NEC | Bartosz Michalik, Principal Architect, Amartus

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Networking Lunch

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Inter-Provider Automation with LSO APIs – LSO Sonata Roadmaps & Use Cases

Laurent Sevette, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Senior Director, Architecture & Engineering, CenturyLink | David Ball, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Principal Engineer, Cisco

2:30pm – 3:00pm

MEF 3.0 Workshop III – Overview of MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demonstrations

MEF has been working with many of the world’s leading service and technology providers, open source projects, and standards associations to realize a shared vision of dynamic and assured services orchestrated across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, and Carrier Ethernet technologies. In this Workshop, we will provide a preview of the MEF 3.0 PoCs at MEF19 and also explore how companies can become involved in MEF 3.0 PoC activities throughout the year.

Workshop Chair:  Daniel Bar-Lev, VP Strategic Programs, Business Development EMEA, MEF

2:30pm - 2:50pm

Snapshot Preview of MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Showcase at MEF19

The sixth annual MEF 3.0 PoC Showcase at MEF19 brings together 46 of the world’s leading service and technology providers in 15 teams to present groundbreaking demonstrations of SD-WAN, inter-provider and intra-provider service automation with LSO APIs, AI/ML, security, intent-based networking, Blockchain, Carrier Ethernet, satellite services, 5G, network slicing, IoT, private cloud, service assurance, and more.

Daniel Bar-Lev, VP Strategic Programs, Business Development EMEA, MEF

2:50pm - 3:00pm

Post-MEF19 - Becoming a MEF 3.0 PoC Innovator

Collaboration between multiple service providers and technology vendors in MEF 3.0 PoCs provides clear benefits for all parts of the MEF 3.0 ecosystem. The workshop will explain the lifecycle of MEF 3.0 PoCs, how to create or join them, and how to achieve the greatest value from them.

Daniel Bar-Lev, VP Strategic Programs, Business Development EMEA, MEF

3:05pm – 4:30pm

MEF 3.0 Workshop IV – Certifying MEF 3.0 Services, Technologies & Professionals

MEF’s service, technology, and professional certification programs are designed to accelerate availability and adoption of MEF 3.0 solutions and help ensure competitiveness now and in the future. MEF 3.0 certification enables service and technology providers to validate that their solutions comply with the highest industry standards for performance, assurance, and agility. Certification also facilitates the creation of federated networks by streamlining inter-provider interconnection with a common understanding of well-defined service attributes and orchestration processes. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of currently available MEF 3.0 CE certifications and the new pilot MEF 3.0 SD-WAN service and LSO Sonata certification programs.

On the professional certification front, MEF has expanded its offerings to include MEF-SDN/NFV and MEF Network Foundations (MEF-NF) certifications in addition to the popular MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) certification. MEF offers the only vendor-neutral industry accreditations that recognize the technical depth required in SDN, NFV, and CE technologies to support successful network and service transformation. The MEF-SDN/NFV exam and related training programs incorporate general SD-WAN information.

Workshop Chair:  Greg Spear, Certification Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Solution Manager, Accedian

3:05pm - 3:15pm

MEF Certification - Accelerating MEF 3.0 Adoption

Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF

3:15pm - 3:30pm

MEF 3.0 CE Certification

Bob Mandeville, President, Iometrix

3:30pm - 3:45pm

MEF 3.0 LSO Sonata Certification

Isabelle Morency, Head of Engineering & Standards, Iometrix

3:45pm - 4:00pm

MEF 3.0 SD-WAN Certification

Marc Cohn, Certification Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Director, Technical Strategy, Virtualization, Spirent

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Digital Services Expertise – The New MEF-SDWAN, MEF-CECP & More

Moderator: Rami Yaron, Marketing & Education Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Strategic Advisor, Infovista | Craig Easley, Dean of Academic Affairs, SDWAN Academy & Carrier Ethernet Academy | Sam Hurrell, Founder & CEO, Perpetual Solutions | DSunte Wilson, Founder, Out of Bounds Technology, on behalf of Tech 2000

4:30pm - 5:00pm

MEF & TM Forum - API Collaboration for Service Automation

Karthik Sethuraman, LSO Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Principal Software/SDN Architect, NEC | Kenneth Dilbeck, VP, Collaboration R&D, TM Forum  

4:15pm - 5:15pm

MEF Press Conference (Invitation Only, Press & Analysts)

4:15pm - 7:30pm

Networking Hall Open – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Showcase Demonstrations & Exhibits

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Opening Welcome Reception – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits

 

MEF19 Tuesday, 19 Nov

7:15am – 8:20am

Registration & Breakfast

8:20am - 8:25am

Welcome To MEF19

Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF

8:25am - 8:30am

MEF Chairman’s Address

Michael Strople, Chairman, MEF; President Allstream, Managing Director - Canada, Zayo Group

8:30am - 8:45am

MEF President’s Address

Nan Chen, President, MEF; Senior Advisor, Ericsson

8:45am - 9:05am

Keynote Address

Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global

9:05am - 9:25am

SD-WAN - A Quick Customer Check-in

Robert (Bob) Victor, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Comcast Business

9:25am - 9:45am

Powering Transformation

Suzanne L. Galvanek, Vice President of Enterprise Networking, AT&T Business

9:45am - 10:05am

Virtual Network Services

Jeremy Wubs, Senior VP, Marketing for Bell Business Markets, Bell Canada

10:05am - 10:25am

Executive Presentation

Satya Parimi, Group Vice President, Enterprise Data, Spectrum Enterprise

10:25am - 10:45am

Break

10:45am - 11:30am

Realizing the Vision – Dynamic, Application-Aware Services Across a Federation of Automated Networks

The communications industry is in the midst of a multi-year transformation to dynamic and assured services across a global ecosystem of automated networks, as envisioned in the MEF 3.0 framework. There is a growing consensus that service providers must become more cloud-like and automated to deliver powerful networking solutions that provide unprecedented user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. But it will not be enough for providers to offer dynamic connectivity and virtualized services over just their own networks. Providers must transition from operating as independent islands to being integral players in a worldwide business federation supporting dynamic services across multiple operators. To realize this vision, MEF has advanced standardization of a full family of MEF 3.0 services – including Carrier Ethernet, SD-WAN, Optical Transport, IP, and Application Security for SD-WAN – and progressed standardization of MEF LSO Sonata APIs that are foundational to orchestrating these services across federated networks. Enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to hear from senior leaders – including several MEF Board members – at world-leading service providers who have embraced the MEF 3.0 vision and are committed to accelerating industry innovation.

Moderator: Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Optical Networks & Transport, Heavy Reading | Jay Turner, VP, Development & Operations, Technology, PCCW Global | Robert (Bob) Victor, Senior VP of Product Management, Comcast Business | Jeremy Wubs, Senior VP, Marketing for Bell Business Markets, Bell Canada | Daniele Mancuso, Chief Marketing Solutions & Business Development Officer, Sparkle | Mehmet Toy, Ph.D, Associate Fellow, Verizon

11:30am - 11:45am

Azure Virtual WAN - Microsoft's Perspective on SDWAN

Ross Ortega, Partner Program Manager, Microsoft Azure

11:45am - 12:00pm

SDx for Optimized Business-Driven Connectivity

Franck Morales, VP Connectivity Services, Orange Business Services

12:00pm - 12:20pm

Taking SD-WAN to the Next Level with Multivendor and Service Automation

In this session we will discuss the next steps Communications Service Providers can take to better scale and increase value of their SD-WAN offerings with service automation, including multiple SD-WAN options,  partner-based value added VNF services, active resource management, closed looped assurance, and strong service differentiation.

Ari Banerjee, VP Strategy, NEC/Netcracker

12:20pm - 1:00pm

The Role of SD-WAN in Digital Transformation

Moderator: Roopa Honnachari, Industry Director, Information & Communications Technologies, Frost &  Sullivan | Jeff Lewis, VP Data Product Management, Comcast Business | Ralph Santitoro, Head of Digital Services, Fujitsu Network Communications | Marc Cohn, Director, Technical Strategy, Virtualization, Spirent | Lindsay Newell, Head of Marketing, Nuage Networks from Nokia

1:00pm - 3:10pm

Networking Lunch – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits

3:10pm - 5:30pm

Track 1 – Empowering Enterprise Digital Transformation with MEF 3.0

Track Chair: Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TeleGeography

Track 2 – Driving MEF 3.0 Adoption

Track Chair: Charlie Reed, Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM

3:10pm - 3:50pm

Exploring SD-WAN End User Requirements in Hybrid Multi-Cloud Environments

MEF and ONUG recently announced joint collaboration to ensure that enterprises are provided with SD-WAN services optimized for digital transformation in the multi-cloud era. In this session, we bring together ONUG, enterprise, and federal government perspectives to explore end user requirements in hybrid multi-cloud environments. We will discuss use case requirements for typical deployment scenarios, including multiple cloud provider connections, application performance assurance, scaling, security policy enforcement, and more.

Moderator: Greg Bryan, Senior Manager, Enterprise Research, TeleGeography | Stephen Collins, Working Group CTO, ONUG | Kevin Gallo, Director, Solutions Development, US General Services Administration (GSA) | Manish Gupta, Chief Architect - Infrastructure, Intuit | Gert Vanderstraeten, Principal Service Engineer, Cloud & Connectivity Engineering, Microsoft

Achieving Frictionless Commerce – The Business Case for Implementing LSO Sonata APIs for Inter-Provider Service Automation

More than 50 service providers worldwide have voiced support for development and adoption of MEF LSO Sonata APIs to automate business-to-business interactions between service providers. The full suite of planned LSO Sonata APIs deals with serviceability (address validation, site queries, product offering qualification), product inventory, quoting, ordering, trouble ticketing, contracts, and billing. In June 2019, MEF introduced LSO Sonata SDK Release 3 that includes deliverables that enable market adoption of the APIs for serviceability, product inventory, quoting, and ordering. This panel assembles buy & sell perspectives to explore the business case for LSO Sonata API adoption particularly related to Carrier Ethernet service automation, including examination of 10+ key impact areas within three broad categories: competitive advantage services, revenue, and operations.

Moderator: Rosemary Cochran, Principal & Co-Founder, Vertical Systems Group |  Lorella Scalcione, IT Director, Sparkle | Divesh Gupta, VP Technology and Sales Operations, PCCW Global | Mirko Voltolini, Global Head of Network on Demand, Colt Technology Services | Scott Melanson, Director, Digital Client Experience, Verizon Partner Solutions | John Downs, Global Communications Manager, Bloomberg

3:50pm - 4:05pm

The Role of SD-WAN in Automation of Cloud Services & Cloud-Based Security

Nav Chander, Senior Director of Service Provider Marketing, Silver Peak

4:05pm - 4:50pm

The Next Wave of SD-WAN Services & Features – Multi-Cloud, Multi-Vendor, Security & Scalability

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Enterprise Services, Ovum | Michael Martin, Senior Enterprise Architect for Networking and Security Infrastructure, McKinsey & Company | Susan White, Head of SDN/NFV Strategy and Marketing, NEC/Netcracker | Kelly Brazil, Senior Director of Systems Engineering, GSI Group, Fortinet | Speaker to be Announced, Service Provider

 

 

Orchestrating & Assuring SD-WAN Services

Moderator: Brian Washburn, Practice Leader, Network Transformation & Cloud, Ovum | Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink | Christopher Gonzalez, OSS Solutions Architect, Intraway | Sandeep Raina, Product Marketing Director, Infovista | Chris Purdy, Solutions & Technical Strategy Lead - Assurance & Analytics, Spirent

4:50pm - 5:30pm

SD-WAN - How Much User-Control is Enough? (Fully Managed vs. Co-Managed)

Moderator: Rob Schult, Research Director, TeleGeography | Franck Morales, VP Connectivity Services, Orange Business Services | Steve LaClair, Director - Data Product Management, Spectrum Enterprise | Chris Liou, VP Service Provider Product Management, Silver Peak | Sponsor

Tackling the Challenges of uCPE Mass Deployment

Service providers recognize uCPE value (automation, independent hardware/software optimization, service function chains, etc.), but are still struggling with the business case when compared to traditional appliances and routers. In this session, we will discuss the challenges of uCPE mass deployment - including performance, hardware costs, complexity, and management integration - and we will review recent technological improvements that alleviate them.

Moderator: Charlie Reed, Partner, ATLANTIC-ACM | John Isch, Director Connectivity Solutions, Orange Business Services | Eitan Schwartz, VP, Service Provider Line of Business, North America, RAD | Prayson Pate, SVP Solutions Marketing and CTO Packet Edge, ADVA

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Networking Drinks Reception – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits

7:30pm - 10:00pm

MEF Awards Dinner

 

MEF19 Wednesday, 20 Nov

7:15am – 8:20am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am - 8:20am

Hot Off the Press - Key Findings from 2 New SD-WAN Reports

Principal industry analysts will share key findings from two new reports timed with MEF19:  (1) MEF 3.0: SD-WAN Service Strategies published by Heavy Reading/Light Reading and (2) SD-WAN Managed Services Trends published by Futuriom.

Stan Hubbard, MEF19 Program Director, MEF | Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst – Optical Networking & SDN, Heavy Reading | Scott Raynovich, Founder & Principal Analyst, Futuriom

8:20am - 8:45am

MEF CTO Address

Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF

8:45am - 9:00am

Dynamic Services Across Automated Networks

Andrew Dugan, CTO, CenturyLink

9:00am - 9:15am

Getting Ready for 5G: Filling the Gaps in E2E Automation

Achieving automation is challenging in an increasingly diverse telco environment with VNFs/PNFs, VMs/containers and multiple cloud platforms. Many gaps exist today and yet automation is a must for new agile 5G services. In this session, we will discuss steps to fix these shortfalls to enable full end-to-end automation from the service layer.

Susan White, Head of SDN/NFV Strategy and Marketing, Netcracker  

9:15am - 9:35am

Edge to Edge Networking

Josh Goodell, VP Edge Solutions, AT&T Business

9:35am - 9:50am

A Service Provider Journey - Transform, Federate & Certify

Daniele Mancuso, Chief Marketing Solutions & Business Development Officer, Sparkle

9:50am -10:10am

Fireside Chat

Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions

10:10am - 10:50am

Edge Computing & Dynamic Networks – Profiting from Low Latency, High Bandwidth, Real-Time Applications

Moderator: Mike Sapien, Chief Analyst, Enterprise Services, Ovum | Wadah Ely Aalaoui, GM, Enterprise Networks & Cloud, Bell Canada | Rodney Elder, Global Principal, Americas, Equinix | Robert Tomkins, Senior Director, Software Innovations, Blue Planet (a division of Ciena) | Andy Asava, EVP Global Networks, Infovista

10:50am - 11:10am

Break

11:10am - 11:25am

SD-WAN is an Orchestration Game

Fernanda Mendez, Head of Service Management & Orchestration, Solution Area OSS, Ericsson

11:25am - 11:40am

Turning the 5G Network into an Agile Monetization Platform

Yogen Patel, VP / Head of Product & Solutions Marketing, Amdocs Open Network

11:40am - 12:15pm

Where Are You on the Service & Network Transformation Journey?

Moderator: Erin Dunne, Director of Research Services, Vertical Systems Group | David Hughes, VP of Engineering, PCCW Global | John Isch, Director Connectivity Solutions, Orange Business Services | Fernanda Mendez, Head of Service Management & Orchestration, Solution Area OSS, Ericsson

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Accelerate Innovation Through Disaggregation

Open networking has moved rapidly from concept to reality, creating new opportunities for network operators to maximize the return on Layer 0-3 network investments while improving their service agility and accelerating the speed of innovation. Network operators who understand the benefits of adopting open and disaggregated networking technologies are transforming their networks to become more competitive, profitable, and innovative. This presentation will explore the latest trends in open networking, including disaggregated solutions that break down the restrictions of vendor lock-in, drive down network costs, and most importantly give operators access to innovative new solutions that provide true differentiation and address the operational challenges of launching new services such as 5G.

Tim Doiron, Sr. Director – Solution Marketing, Infinera

12:30pm - 12:45pm

Service Providers vs. OTT – How to Compete?

Service providers must become more agile to effectively compete and profit in a market shaped by intensifying threats from OTT providers who offer competitive services on the cloud, where connectivity is pure Internet. What is the differentiating value today of telecom service providers vs. OTT providers? What needs to change – and what can be changed – to enable service providers to provide greater value beyond connectivity? What do service providers need to incorporate into their service portfolios to give them a competitive edge vs. OTT players?

Eyal Aloni, Head of Service Provider Line of Business, RAD

12:45pm - 1:00pm

Real-Time Applications over Intelligent Networks

Virtualization is a defacto technology in building systems and services. Cloud is the default. 5G enables the real-time enterprises, while mobile users generate most of the traffic on the network. With dynamic users and growing data, intelligence in the network and in applications is a necessity to deal with complexity and support user demands. In this talk, we will describe Verizon’s SDN/NFV vision, 5G ecosystems, network slicing associated with 5G and SD-WAN, and multi-access edge.

Mehmet Toy, Ph.D, Associate Fellow, Verizon

1:00pm - 3:10pm

Networking Lunch – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits

3:10pm – 5:30pm

Track 1 – Network Innovation Hot Topics

Track Chair: Zeev Draer, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; VP Global Business Development, Edge Solutions, ADVA

Track 2 – The 5G Transformation Journey

Track Chair: Rami Yaron, Marketing & Education Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Strategic Advisor, Infovista 

3:10pm – 3:55pm

Pushing the Envelope of Closed Loop Automation With AI/ML

What roles do artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) play in the automated virtual networks of tomorrow? Where do we stand with adoption and the challenges operators are facing in selecting models that best represent customized networks?

Moderator: David Strauss, Principal, Broadband Success Partners | Gunnar Peters, VP, Enterprise Services Innovation, Spectrum Enterprise | Joe Krystofik, Network Automation Solutions Architect, Fujitsu Network Communications | Sponsor

5G Operational Readiness – What New OSS/BSS Requirements?

5G is quickly evolving from technology creation to commercial realization, but will new technology deployments meet the business case promises? Doing so means that the operations (OSS) and monetization (BSS) functions must be enhanced within each of the fulfillment, assurance, and billing domains. What kind of enhancements are needed? Think real-time, partner ecosystems, software usage rights, edge-core, platforms, and operations/monetization orchestration. Can existing OSS BSS address these new needs? That depends on a lot of factors. Attend this panel discussion to learn more.

Moderator: Karl Whitelock, Research Vice President, Communications SP Operations & Monetization, IDC | Ari Banerjee, VP Strategy, NEC/Netcracker | Yogen Patel, VP / Head of Product & Solutions Marketing, Amdocs Open Network | Carlos D Gonzalez, VP - Head of Orchestration and Analytics, Ericsson North America | Sponsor

3:55pm – 4:10pm

Network Automation and Virtualization at the Data Center Edge

Jordan Dukes, Global Network Edge Practice Lead, Equinix  

Innovations in 5G Mobile Transport Architectures and Technologies

This presentation will explore mobile transport architectural changes as operators ready their network infrastructure for the end-user traffic demands of 5G. Multiple technologies including packet-based, time-sensitive networking, auto-tunable DWDM pluggable optics and revolutionary XR optics technology will be explored. XR optics breaks the inherent limitations in traditional point-to-point optical technology and paves the way for disruptive network economics and dramatic improvements in the 5G customer experience.

The architectural intersection of mobility, software automation, and intelligent optics is key to the success of 5G services. Optical connectivity, however, has historically been implemented using point-to-point technology that is inflexible and/or requires manual programming with matched identical-speed transceivers on each end of the fiber link. These point-to-point solutions are inefficient and inflexible in handling hub-and-spoke traffic flows, which dominate traffic patterns in mobile aggregation networks. The result is increased CapEx and OpEx stemming from an extremely large number of transceivers, increased space and power requirements, and manual intervention including truck rolls as traffic requirements grow. Operational costs and complexity are compounded as operators brace for the significant increase in 5G traffic.

With game-changing innovations in time-sensitive networking, auto-tunable optics, and coherent optical subcarrier aggregation, we can introduce a flexible, software-enabled mobile transport architecture designed to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying and operating 5G transport networks.

Tim Doiron, Sr. Director – Solution Marketing, Infinera

 

4:10pm – 4:45pm

Security in a Software Defined & Virtualized World

Moderator: Zeev Draer, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, MEF; VP Global Business Development, Edge Solutions, ADVA | Bob Schroeder, VP Data Product Management, Spectrum Enterprise | Kelly Brazil, Senior Director of Systems Engineering, GSI Group, Fortinet | Hari Krishnan, Senior Director, Security Product Management, Nuage Networks from Nokia

5G Network Slicing

Moderator:  Rami Yaron, Marketing & Education Committee Co-Chair, MEF; Strategic Advisor, Infovista  | Hiroki Baba, Senior Research Engineer, NTT | Matt Kennamore, Senior Director Business Development North America, ADVA | Matt Ringhofer, Technology Services Director, NA & SA, Infovista

4:45pm – 5:30pm

Using Distributed Ledger Technology, Including Blockchain, for Commercial Settlements

Moderator: Scott Raynovich, Founder & Principal Analyst, Futuriom | Divesh Gupta, VP Technology & Sales Operations, PCCW Global | Daniele Mancuso, Chief Marketing Solutions & Business Development Officer, Sparkle | Gal Hochberg, Co-Founder & CEO, Clear Blockchain Technologies | Michael Kearns, Co-Founder & Head of New Product Innovation, Amartus

 

Topic TBD

Moderator: Analyst | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor | Sponsor

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Networking Drinks Receptions – MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Demos & Exhibits

6:20pm - 7:00pm

MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept Awards Ceremony in Networking Hall

7:30pm - 9:30pm

MEF19 Analyst Partner Appreciation Dinner (Invitation-Only for Analysts)

 

MEF19 Thursday, 21 Nov

8:00am – 5:00pm

4Q/19 MEF Members Meeting

 

MEF19 Friday, 22 Nov

8:00am – 5:00pm

4Q/19 MEF Members Meeting

 

 

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